Every Wednesday, News 4 This Morning takes a look at the lighter stories from our show that viewers and readers are talking about on our webchannel and related social media.
Earlier in the month of July, the SyFy Channel aired a direct-to-TV movie named Sharknado. The movie swept social media by storm on the night of its premiere, with thousands of tweets sent out, including some from other Hollywood celebrities. On News 4’s main Facebook page, many of you shared your thoughts on the picture. Sam Breth commented, “I watched it and really enjoyed the cheesiness!! I can't wait until [S]eptember when it comes out on blue-ray (sic).” Kim Moore, on the other hand, didn’t see it, but commented that the cheesiest movie she has seen was Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, a low-budget B-movie from 1978.
July 15, 2013 marked the 30 year anniversary of the launch of the Nintendo Family Computer in Japan. This is the video game system that would later become known as the Nintendo Entertainment System in the US and across much of the rest of the world. On our Facebook page, Mike Spectrum shared that he still owns his original Nintendo. He also shared some of his favorite games, including critically-acclaimed 8-bit games such as Super Mario Brothers 3, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game, and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
The animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has been a hit in more ways than one—popular with its target audience, but loved by a passionate group of teenage and adult fans as well: Bronies. An animated film recently saw a limited release. This film, Equestria Girls, is connected to the series, but also takes its characters into the human world. Some Bronies shared their thoughts on the film with WTVY through Twitter. A user by the name SparklerDash said that they went to the premiere in Los Angeles and “despite being prepared to be disappointed by it” said, “I love it…It was great.” Another user by the name The Brony Physicist said it was the “Best movie I have seen in a long time.”
As part of our week-long look back at technology from decades past that people may or may not remember, one piece of tech we looked at was WebTV. This was a subscription service with a set-top box to let users surf the internet on the television, without the need of a personal computer. Tony Reeder not only remembers the service, but says, “I still have one of the original WebTV boxes/units. It was my first venture into the internet.”
A story out of Wisconsin that we shared showed a man working at a towing business who built a life-sized Tonka toy Tow Truck—that works, can drive on the road, and even be used in parades. On our Morning Show Facebook page, Michael McClean remembers these toys well, saying, “My brothers and I had every Tonka ever made when we were kids. The good ol' days when they were made of metal and not plastic!”
The views of commenters, readers, and viewers do not necessarily reflect the views of WTVY News 4.
Links to all of the stories mentioned in this segment can be found below.